Heat Daily Links: Monday


NBA’s best defense? Miami Heat make strong case led by Hassan Whiteside: The Miami Heat are exactly the opposite of what almost everyone thought they would be. Loaded with scorers and marked by defensive uncertainties, Miami looked like a team capable of an overwhelming offense while hoping it could patch together a respectable effort at the other end of the court. Instead, this is one of the best defenses in the NBA, which is buying the Heat time to smooth out some awkwardness offensively. -- Palm Beach Post

Webber sees Wade aging more like Duncan than Kobe: As he prepares for his assignment on Thursday's Miami Heat-Oklahoma City Thunder game at AmericanAirlines Arena, TNT analyst Chris Webber was asked about teams that cash out on veterans stars and teams that double-down on such legacy players. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

An ‘OK’ start for Miami Heat, but schedule gets tougher: When it comes to grading the way the Heat has played through its first 15 games, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh pretty much see eye-to-eye. -- The Miami Herald

Wade: Heat ball movement better than it looks: As the Heat continue to ride an elite defense, they have plenty to sort through on offense. One area that seems like an issue early on is ball movement, which has not flowed the way many thought it would considering how many dynamic offensive players Miami has. A mere 53.6 percent of the team’s baskets have been assisted, which is the seventh-worst rate in the league. Golden State, Atlanta, San Antonio and Cleveland are all at 63 percent or higher. -- Palm Beach Post